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Different Bullet Journal weekly spreads : what works best

Different Bullet Journal Weekly Spreads, what works best

0I’ve kept a Bullet Journal for the past 4 years now, and over time, I’ve tried different approaches, and different spreads to find what works best for me. That’s what I like the most about the Bullet Journal system, you can tweak it at will and make it your own. If something doesn’t work this week, try something different next week! One of the spreads that went through the most iterations in my own system is the Bullet Journal weekly spread. I’ve tried many versions, and I thought I’d share with you what I tried, and what worked best for me. Let’s jump in!

Weekly spread 1.0

First, I’d like to mention that my first Bullet Journal did not have any weekly spread. At first, I was just doing dailies, splitting a spread into 8 equal parts, one for each day of the week, and one for next week’s tasks. What I did not like about this first attempt was that I did not have enough space for my dailies since each day is never the same and that I tend to use up to half a page for a single day. I needed more room. So I switched to dailies only, and eventually added a weekly spread to see it all in one place.

On the left hand side, there’s a spot for each day of the week. This first version used to hold only my appointments (marked with a circle) and tasks that absolutely needed to be completed that day. On the right hand side, there’s a Tasks header, meant to hold the most important tasks of the week, a To Buy header for errands I needed to run and a Meals ideas section.

I used this spread for a few weeks, but I felt like I did not have enough space for each day to write down tasks and events. So I switched it up.

Weekly Spread 2.0

In this version, I had two columns for each day, one meant to be for events and the other one for tasks. On the right page, I had a spot for meals, which were dinners and lunches to bring to work. I started implementing a social media tracker for the blog, but as you can see, I did not fill it. I had a large spot for tasks, but as I could incorporate them in the day’s details, I did not use it much. The To Buy section remained, and I still use it to this day. And the next week’s section I almost never used.

Weekly spread on one page

A simplified version of the previous spread. Since I did not use most of the right hand side section in the previous spread, I decided to try a simplified version of the same thing. Tasks on the left, appointments and social media on the right. I did not like that spread much, since I did not have any space to embellish and make it pretty, which is part of the fun of keeping a Bullet Journal for me! I decided to try something with more blank space in a new iteration.

A larger weekly spread

This has been my Bullet Journal weekly spread for the most of 2016. There’s plenty of room to write down appointments and to-do’s, I like the clean, airy look and it leaves me plenty of space to decorate, add washi, stamps (my favorite) and cute embellishments.

I added a habit tracker to the left sidebar, a mini calendar and a social media tracker on the right sidebar. I really liked how practical yet pretty this spread could be.

Here’s another spread with the same design :

In this one, the tracker replaced the Next week section and I added stickers as embellishments.

Time-blocking spread

In a recent blog post, I shared how I like to block my time with different tasks and projects to achieve more. I call it time-blocking and this weekly spread shows how I use it in my Bullet Journal. Each day is divided into hours, from 9 to midnight. I create blocks within that schedule and attribute it to a project. This helps make sure that I know exactly what to work on during the day and allows to create margin in your schedule. You can read my post about time blocking for more information.

As you can see at the bottom of the left page, I started using a Social media planner with a tracker. I lay out my editorial plan for the week in this section to make sure that I know in advance what I’ll be posting on any given day. I touched on that in a guest post I wrote for Paper and a Plan about planning for a blog in the Bullet Journal. Check it out if you have a blog yourself or post often on social media!

Here’s another spread with the same principle using color coding for the different tasks and projects :

My current spread

So recently, I’ve been trying a different scheduling method, so I skipped time-blocking for a while. Here’s my current weekly spread, each day holding tasks, projects and appointments, only the most important. The social media planner is still there, but I now track social media with my habit and mood tracker monthly instead of weekly. I added a section to track workouts at the bottom of each day. I can embellish the days with stamps, stickers, washi and a cute quote at the bottom left side.

Here’s one of these spreads, heavily embellished :

Don’t you love the cute stamps from The Sassy Club?! I can’t even!

Do what works for you

So I showed you the many spreads I’ve tried and I want to emphasize that you have to find what works for YOU. Your weekly spread will depend on the amount of work you have to put out, your many or scarce appointments, the different areas of focus that you have to keep an eye on. Try something out, and if it doesn’t work, switch it up! Try something new! The exploration is part of the fun!

To dive a little deeper :

4 steps to plan your weeks in the Bullet Journal

Bullet Journal for Beginners : Ryder Caroll and Other Bullet Journal Experts Give Their Best Tips!

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Bullet Journal Essentials for Bujo Addicts

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